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Pupils have The H Factor

Friday, 08 October 2010

Bolton School Year 3 pupils have the H Factor!

The Junior girls and boys took part in 'The H Factor' a healthy eating initiative which saw the children making smoothies, researching healthy food options using netbooks, taking part in quizzes and sampling a range of foods.

Over the course of the afternoon children had the chance to choose fruits from a selection to make and taste their own smoothie and they each designed their own school lunch menu, of which one will be chosen by the Head teachers of each school to be served in the dining hall one lunch time. They were introduced to plates of unusual and exotic fruits, vegetables and spices including dragon fruit, star fruit, ginger and rocket and were encouraged to touch, smell and taste the different foods. The afternoon was run by the school catering department who also produced some homemade yoghurt for the children to try.

Pupils used netbooks to take part in food quizzes and were taught about the 'eatwell plate' which shows them the importance of including all the main food groups to maintain a healthy diet, and how much of the diet should be made up of each food group.

Junior Girls' pupils Jennifer Doyle and Paige Twidale enjoyed the afternoon: "We made smoothies with lots of different fruits, went on the computer, and we got to taste lots of different fruits and vegetables, some of which we had never seen before!"

At the end of the session the boys and girls were told about a healthy eating competition which will run over the next few weeks. Each child will be given a card and every time they choose a healthy option from the lunch menu they will get a stamp on their card. When the card is full they will place it in a box and a winner will be pulled out to win an IPod shuffle! Pupils can enter as many cards as they like so the more healthy choices they make, the better their chance of winning.

Catering Manager Karen Riley said: "The afternoon was a huge success - it was such a pleasure watching the children actively trying different fruits and vegetables."

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